Granny's Pancake Cottage
Reviewed by Perry Crabill on
On Sunday, May 29, 2016, my daughter and I had lunch at Grannyâs Pancake Cottage at 5460 Main Street in Stephens City, Virginia. Itâs a diner type of operation located one block south of the townâs single traffic light, on the southeast corner of Main and Green Streets.
It has its own off-street parking lot on Green Street, and although it has a Main Street address, the entrance is also on Green Street. Grannyâs is open every day; hours are Sunday, 7:00 AM-3:00 PM; Monday-Saturday, 6:00 AM-8:00 PM. The phone number is (540) 508-2434.
Eat-in and take-out services are available. Outside seating is provided on a concrete patio along the Main Street side of the building. The double-door entry has no vestibule and opens into a single small room.
Windows are on the front and to your right as you enter. Three booths seating four are along the right wall with a larger booth in the back, all looking out on Main Street.
An L-shaped counter to the back on your left has three stools facing each leg of the L. A high-rise round table with two stools is in the front, and three additional round tables with stools are in the back.
The white floor and ceiling, along with the lights in the ceiling give the place a bright and airy ambience, despite the apparent age of the building. There was no music system, but a large TV screen was on the left front wall between the doors to the two restrooms. A smaller TV screen was on the back wall.
The menu is printed on a double-sided laminated 11x14-inch sheet. The menuâs Breakfast side categories include Rise & Shine Platters, Garyâs Bowls, Omelets, Cakes & French Toast, Breakfast Sides, and Beverages.
The Lunch & Dinner side categories offer Appetizers, Sandwiches, Soup & Salad, Fried Chicken, Dinners, Fish or Shrimp with Fries, Sliders, and Appetizer Samples.
My daughter ordered Meat the Cakes, three pancakes with sausage, plus a side order of bacon. My choice was a Western Omelet, with cheddar cheese, home fries, and white toast. I have never become accustomed to eating fried potatoes at breakfast, and gave them to my daughter.
My daughter liked her food. My omelet was merely OK, and not the best one I had ever eaten. I had to ask for ketchup because there was no bottle on the table. I was given a plastic squeeze bottle that gave me very watery ketchup until it was firmly shaken.
I believe that ketchup should be served in its original bottles and not repackaged in this manner. I was curious about this place, and now that I know what itâs like, I may not be back.
Our waitress said that Grannyâs Pancake Cottage is associated with Grannyâs on Route 7, Berryville Pike, a few miles east of Winchester, but is more family oriented and does not serve alcoholic beverages. The menus are otherwise the same.
It opened about a year ago. Previous eateries at this location were Grannyâs II, Stephens City Diner, Seanâs All American Restaurant, and Anthonyâs Pizza III. From the age of the building I suspect there may have been other such operations here even earlier.
Del Rio Mexican Restaurant
Reviewed by Anonymous Reviewer on
On Thursday, May 19, 2016 I had dinner at the Del Rio Mexican Restaurant at 356 Fairfax Pike, east of Stephens City, Virginia, on Route 277. It is located in an older shopping center with a large Food Lion anchor store, which originally had a Marshallâs Department Store, still vacant.
Hours are Monday-Thursday, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM; Friday & Saturday, 11:00 AM-1:00 AM; Sunday, 12:00 Noon-11:00 PM. The phone number is (540) 868-0111, and carry out service is available.
A large concrete patio along the front of the restaurant has a black wrought iron fence, four metal tables and a metal bench, and was not occupied at that hour. The front entry has no vestibule, but opens into a small cross hall affording some protection against drafts. There are two rooms; the bar room is on your left, and the dining room on the right was my objective.
Seating here is by a couple of tables for two along the window in front, tables for four along the right and left walls, tables for two down the center, and a large table seating eight across the rear. This was the only occupied table, and had a mixed group quietly conducting a meeting.
The dining room is well lighted; the side walls are decorated with stylized pictures of Mexican scenes, instead of the original serapes, sombreros, and maracas remembered from my previous visit.
The floor has large, light-colored squares and the ceiling has dark acoustic tile. There was no TV screen, and the only music I heard seeped in from the bar area, along with typical bar conversational noises.
The eight-page menu includes Appetizers; Brunch and Lunch, both served from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM; Burritos & Enchiladas; Chimichangas, Flautas & Quesadillas; Fajitas & Parrillada, House Specialties, Combination Dinners, Vegetarian Dinners, Side Orders, Chicken Favorites, Salads, Kidâs Meals, and Beverages. The latter do not include Cokes bottled in Mexico.
My server was Wendy, who immediately brought me the traditional corn chips and salsa while I looked over the menu. I chose from House Specialties, ordering Cochinita Pibil, marinated pork topped with green tomatillo sauce and cheese sauce, served with lettuce, guacamole, tomato, rice, refried beans, and a choice of corn or flour tortillas.
The order came quickly, before I was finished with the chips and salsa, and was served on a large oval heated platter. My three corn tortillas were folded and wrapped in heavy foil, and quite hot.
The food was very good, and the only reason I wouldnât order this on my next visit is that there are so many other choices to try. The serving was large enough that needed a go-box to take somewhat more than half of it home.
I had dined here more than five years ago, and found that it is now under new management. The dining room has recently been completely redecorated, and a new menu adopted with a wider range of selections and slightly higher prices. The Del Rio is very definitely on my list of keepers.
I surveyed the well-populated bar area as I was leaving. High rise tables and chairs are along the left and back walls, in the center, and up front. The bar itself is along the right wall with perhaps eight seats.
There are four TV screens; one each on the left and back wall, and two behind the bar. A wall-mounted electronic juke box on the left wall was playing and contributing to the rather high general noise level because of the number of people.